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Farris retires from Georgia Forestry Commission


By: GFC press release
6/28/2017 1:34:05 PM


Georgia Forestry Commission Executive Director Robert Farris retired in May after 34 years of service to the commission. Farris has served as state forester since 2007. He led GFC through two of the worst fire seasons in our state's history and through a severe economic downturn, while working to ensure Georgia's forests are plentiful and well managed for future generations.

A seven-person committee has launched a nationwide search for GFC's new director. Chaired by Dean Dale Green of the UGA Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, the committee is made up of government, non-government and forest industry stakeholders. The application deadline is July 17, and finalist interviews will take place in August.

The GFC Board of Directors will make a final decision on the person it recommends to the governor's office for appointment. For more information about the job, visit

GFC Chief of Forest Protection Frank Sorrells will serve as interim director. He can be reached at 478-751-3490, 478-751-3480 or


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